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A few questions about rooting my Android phone

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I am completely new to Android but I have picked up most of the stuff easily. However, I want to root my phone so I can underclock the CPU since I barely ever play games with it, and the battery life on the HTC Inspire 4G is terrible.

Anyway, here are the questions:

1. Which mod do I download? ON the XDA website, there are hundreds of rooting methods and mods. I have absolutely no idea how to root or mod my phone. A word I see a lot though is Cyanogen Mod 7.

2. Can I do AT&T Software updates and HTC Updates while my phone is rooted or will I have to root it again afterwards?

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 5
Its a bit harder than other android devices (blame HTC).
It has a locked bootloader, and exploit fix.
The rooting process involves downgrading (via a goldcard), bootloader S-OFF, then flashing a rooted rom.

1) This is a "automated" version of what i said above: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=743331.
FYI: cm7 is a custom ASOP (Android Open Source) rom with lots of extra features.

2) You would have to reroot, but not S-OFF. Just install a prerooted rom or use SuperOneClick Root.

FYI:
I rooted my moms inspire with the above meathod.
and a word of warning: you can PERMANITLY brick your phone if the radio flash fails
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Originally Posted by smasher816 View Post
Its a bit harder than other android devices (blame HTC).
It has a locked bootloader, and exploit fix.
The rooting process involves downgrading (via a goldcard), bootloader S-OFF, then flashing a rooted rom.

1) This is a "automated" version of what i said above: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=743331.
FYI: cm7 is a custom ASOP (Android Open Source) rom with lots of extra features.

2) You would have to reroot, but not S-OFF. Just install a prerooted rom or use SuperOneClick Root.

FYI:
I rooted my moms inspire with the above meathod.
and a word of warning: you can PERMANITLY brick your phone if the radio flash fails
Top notch first post mate
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Originally Posted by smasher816 View Post
Its a bit harder than other android devices (blame HTC).
It has a locked bootloader, and exploit fix.
The rooting process involves downgrading (via a goldcard), bootloader S-OFF, then flashing a rooted rom.

1) This is a "automated" version of what i said above: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=743331.
FYI: cm7 is a custom ASOP (Android Open Source) rom with lots of extra features.

2) You would have to reroot, but not S-OFF. Just install a prerooted rom or use SuperOneClick Root.

FYI:
I rooted my moms inspire with the above meathod.
and a word of warning: you can PERMANITLY brick your phone if the radio flash fails
Wow, I had better not root then. Thanks for the post!
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Wow, I had better not root then. Thanks for the post!
woah, don't jump the gun just yet. Firstly, it only happens if your files are corrupt, which hardly ever happens if ever, and secondly if it does get bricked HTC won't be able to tell the difference between it dying legitimately or through you rooting.

I say its worth it, think of it like updating your phone since it does all the same stuff
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